Proof: Hitting in Softball Might Be More Difficult Than In Baseball.
Sports science has compared a college softball pitcherâ€™s 70 mph fastball to the average 90 mph major-league fastball.
On average, a baseball is released approximately 60 feet 6 inches from home plate, resulting in a reaction time of roughly four-tenths of a second for the hitter to recognize spin, speed, and locationâ€¦
â€¦as well as ball or strike.
By comparison, that 70 mph softball is released from an average distance of 37 feet from the plate (after the pitcherâ€™s stride), resulting in 300 milliseconds of reaction time for the batterâ€¦
â€¦in other words, a softball batter has 10% less time to react and make a correct decision.
Though pitches in baseball might be of a higher velocity, the shorter distance of the mound from home plate makes it that much more crucial for a softball player to executer superior pitch recognition skills.
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